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Lebanon confirms talks with Israel over disputed sea border

Oct. 1, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament speaker confirmed Thursday that an agreement has been reached on a framework of indirect talks between Lebanon and Israel over a longstanding disputed maritime border between the two countries. Israel announced the talks last week, saying Israeli Energy Minister...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, a volunteer receives an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg. Refrigeration, cargo planes, and, above all, money: All risk being in short supply for the international initiative to get coronavirus vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP, File)

The Latest: EU agency reviews Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Oct. 1, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

LONDON -- The European Medicines Agency has begun its first review process for the experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. The EU regulator says it had started a “rolling review” process it hopes will expedite any eventual approval. The EMA has begun...

FILE - In this Monday, May 25, 2020 file photo, a vile of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate on a shelf during testing at the Chula Vaccine Research Center, run by Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Refrigeration, cargo planes, and, above all, money: All risk being in short supply for the international initiative to get coronavirus vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Push to bring coronavirus vaccines to the poor faces trouble

Oct. 1, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An ambitious humanitarian project to deliver coronavirus vaccines to the world's poorest people is facing potential shortages of money, cargo planes, refrigeration and vaccines themselves — and is running into skepticism even from some of those it's intended to help most. In one of the...

Pakistani activists take part in an International Women's Day rally in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 8, 2020. Pakistanis held rallies across the country. Officially recognized by the United Nations in 1977, it is celebrated around the world on March 8. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)

25 years after UN women's meeting, equality remains distant

Oct. 1, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, the world’s nations came together to make sure that half of Earth's population gained the rights, power and status of the other half. It hasn't happened yet. And it won't anytime soon. In today's more divided, conservative and still very male-dominated...

A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Nayib Armando Bukele, president of El Salvador, is shown on video monitors as he speaks in a pre-recorded video message, during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at UN headquarters. (Loey Felipe/UN Photo via AP)

World leaders, virtual meeting 1.0: Was anybody listening?

Sep. 30, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

In the space of a few minutes, on a prerecorded video filmed thousands of miles from where it was shown, the tech-savvy president of El Salvador captured the two strikingly different sides of this year’s unprecedented — and virtual — “gathering” of world leaders...

Shoppers, wearing protective face masks, form a line outside Dollarcity in San Salvador, El Salvador, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

UN: Pandemic has cost 34 million jobs in Latin America

Sep. 30, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.N.’s International Labour Organization said Wednesday that at least 34 million jobs have been lost in Latin America due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ILO urged countries in the region to adopt “immediate strategies” to deal with the problem. The count was...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 file photo, a migrant rests in a tent improvised from plastic sheets at a makeshift camp in a forest outside Velika Kladusa, Bosnia. Bosnian authorities have started emptying U.N.-run migrant camps in town centers housing hundreds of people, moving residents to a crowded, out-of-the-way facility that’s not equipped for winter conditions — or just leaving them to fend for themselves in the woods. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic, File)

Bosnia: Hundreds of migrants evicted from UN-run camps

Sep. 30, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian authorities have started emptying U.N.-run migrant camps in town centers, moving hundreds of people to a crowded, out-of-the-way facility that's not equipped for winter conditions — or just leaving them to fend for themselves in the woods. There are some...

Engineering graduates of the Universite Libre De Bruxelles, cheer after a graduation ceremony at the Grand Place in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Many of these students were supposed to graduate in June, but with exams cancelled and COVID-19 regulations in place many students were unable to manage that in time. Pandemic restrictions limited the guest invitations to only 2 persons for each graduate. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

In virus boon, Belgian students graduate at UNESCO site

Sep. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has put a massive damper on student life across the globe. But in Brussels it has one boon: graduation at a UNESCO Word Heritage location. The Belgian capital has made its world-famous Grand-Place square available as an open-air location for nearly 4,000 students...

UN atomic watchdog inspects disputed Iranian nuclear site

Sep. 30, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations' atomic watchdog agency said Wednesday its inspectors have been able to visit the second of two disputed sites where Iran is suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material in the past. Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy...